Originally Posted by Zeo
Is that a joke or a complete lack of education on history and innovation of hifi ?
(Germany probably for history, agree on this)
Neither, but you are wrong.
Originally Posted by sk3383
I DO NOT believe he was trying to say that these countires are the best, or provide the best innovation. I believe his statement is based on just headphone manufacturers, not audio equipment in general. I believe he is correct in his statement.
When I think of headphones, the most popular choices I can think of are:
Audio Technica: Japan
This is right. Outside of the countries I listed, there are very very few companies who make big marketing pushes into headphone hifi. My statement had nothing to do with innovation or dedication, simply with market presence, and even that is pretty eschewed to 2 countries rather than three.
It would be very very good for other companies/countries to start pushing their products, but at the same time, very hard. Financially, they have to stand up against brands which are entrenched in people's minds and wallets.
I don't believe that the bit companies are any less passionate/dedicated. I believe that certain products speak better about certain companies than do others, but no one has a monopoly on audio sense: whether it is a large or small company, this axiom is the truth.
EarSonics rock - that is for sure and I am glad they keep things at their own pace rather than rush to capture the market ahead of/to keep up with others - that only makes products like the AMP3 which... let's not get into that. I think this year will be exciting: SM3, x-Jays, UE18Pro, balanced portable amps/sources, portable iPod DAC's and more...